Eighth Graders Celebrate Spanish Food and Culture

Eighth Graders Celebrate Spanish Food and Culture photo

Eighth grade students – who have been mastering the food chapter in Nadia Whiting’s Spanish language classes – demonstrated their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary by creating their own authentic cooking videos in Spanish.

Working in small groups, the students created educational and entertaining videos that listed each ingredient and instruction for making a variety of different foods, including tres leches cupcakes, tortilla Española, empanadas, churros, Spanish rice pudding, and frisuelos, a traditional Spanish crepe. After sharing their videos with their peers in class, the students enjoyed a sampling of different foods that they had prepared at home. 

“I had them integrate different recipes from different cultures so they can learn a little bit more about those cultures and the food that we have in various parts of the Spanish-speaking world,” Whiting said. 

As a culmination to the Spanish food chapter, Whiting will compile all of the recipes into a cookbook, which she will share with her students and their families. 

“I want them to remember the food that is so important in our culture, because we love to sit with family, talk and have fun with it,” Whiting said. “I also want them to remember their time in this class and look back fondly on the projects they completed.”